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pre·am·ble

 (prē′ăm′bəl, prē-ăm′-)
n.
1. A preliminary statement, especially:
a. The introduction to a formal document that explains its purpose.
b. A statement accompanying a law or regulation specifying its purpose or reason for enactment.
2. An introductory occurrence or fact; a preliminary.

[Middle English, from Old French preambule, from Medieval Latin praeambulum, from neuter of Late Latin praeambulus, walking in front : Latin prae-, pre- + Latin ambulāre, to walk; see ambulate.]

pre·am′bu·lar′y (-byə-lĕr′ē) adj.

preamble

(priːˈæmbəl)
n
1. a preliminary or introductory statement, esp attached to a statute or constitution setting forth its purpose
2. a preliminary or introductory conference, event, fact, etc
[C14: from Old French préambule, from Late Latin praeambulum walking before, from Latin prae- before + ambulāre to walk]

pre•am•ble

(ˈpriˌæm bəl, priˈæm-)

n.
1. an introductory statement; preface.
2. the introductory part of a statute, deed, constitution, or other document, stating the intent of what follows.
3. a preliminary or introductory fact or circumstance.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin praeambulum, n. use of neuter of Late Latin praeambulus walking before. See pre-, amble]
pre′am`bled, adj.
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Noun1.preamble - a preliminary introduction to a statute or constitution (usually explaining its purpose)preamble - a preliminary introduction to a statute or constitution (usually explaining its purpose)
introduction - the first section of a communication
document, papers, written document - writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)
Verb1.preamble - make a preliminary introduction, usually to a formal document
preface, premise, precede, introduce - furnish with a preface or introduction; "She always precedes her lectures with a joke"; "He prefaced his lecture with a critical remark about the institution"

preamble

noun introduction, prelude, preface, foreword, overture, opening move, proem, prolegomenon, exordium, opening statement or remarks the principles contained in the preamble to the Chinese constitution

preamble

noun
A short section of preliminary remarks:
Translations

preamble

[priːˈæmbl] Npreámbulo m

preamble

[ˈpriːæmbəl] npréambule m
the preamble to sth → le préambule à qch

preamble

nEinleitung f; (of book)Vorwort nt; (Jur) → Präambel f

preamble

[priːˈæmbl] npreambolo
References in classic literature ?
No doubt they will wonder why I have made such a preamble about it, as indeed, now I think of it, so do I.
The fishing ended, the provision of air renewed, I thought that the Nautilus was about to continue its submarine excursion, and was preparing to return to my room, when, without further preamble, the Captain turned to me, saying:
Consul," said he, without preamble, "I have strong reasons for believing that my man is a passenger on the Mongolia.
Noirtier's face remained perfectly passive during this long preamble, while, on the contrary, Villefort's eye was endeavoring to penetrate into the inmost recesses of the old man's heart.
D'Artagnan advanced as far as the middle of the room, and seeing that the king paid no attention to him, and suspecting, besides, that this was nothing but affectation, a sort of tormenting preamble to the explanation that was preparing, he turned his back on the prince, and began to examine the frescoes on the cornices, and the cracks in the ceiling.
With the preamble embodied in his share of the foregoing fragment of dialogue, he paid our hero a long visit; as the two men sat with their heels on Newman's glowing hearth, they heard the small hours of the morning striking larger from a far-off belfry.
I'll plunge into the matter without further preamble.
Miss Bartlett at once came forward, and after a long preamble asked a great favour: might she go to church?
she rejoined, so gently that he wondered at the lack of wonder with which she received this preamble.
The preamble was felt to be rather long, and several besides Solomon shook their heads pathetically, looking on the ground: all eyes avoided meeting other eyes, and were chiefly fixed either on the spots in the table-cloth or on Mr.
But, however, even if I should stumble on such a family again, which is quite unlikely, I have all this experience to begin with, and I should manage better another time; and the end and aim of this preamble is, let me try again.
And the third suggestion I cannot state until I have made a preamble.